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seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, Rabbi”. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Leader +; and all ye are brethren. And call not any man your father upon earth : for one is your Father, that is in heaven. Nor be ye called Leaders: for one is your Leader, seven the Christ.] But he that is greatest among you, shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself, shall be humbled ; and whosoever shall humble himself, shall be exalted. “But alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites' for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither enter in yourselves, nor suffer those that are entering in to enter. § Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites for ye traverse sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becometh such, ye make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves. Alas for you, ye blind guides who say, ‘Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing ; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ Ye fools, and blind for which is greater; the gold, or the temple which sanctifieth the gold 2 And, “Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing: but whosoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, he is bound by his oath.' Ye fools, and blind for which is greater; the gift, or the altar which sanctifieth the gift? He therefore who sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thercon. And he who sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by Him who dwelleth therein. And he who sweareth by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by Him who sitteth thereon. Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites' for ye pay tithes of

* Master, Master, N. + even Christ, R. T.

3. The words in brackets are probably a marginal gloss. N.

§ Ver. 14. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. R. T. This verse is interpolated from Mark xii. 40; Luke xx. 47. N. See Giesbach."

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mint and anise and cummin, and omit the weightier matters of the law, justice, and pity, and faithfulness: now these things ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone: ye blind guides, who strain out a gnat,

5 and swallow a camel ! Alas for you, scribes and Phari

sees, hypocrites' for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish; but within they are filled by rapine and injustice”. Thou blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup [and the dish]; and then their outside also will be clean. Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites' for ye resemble whited sepulchres, which outwardly indeed appear beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. In like manner ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and adorn the sepulchres of the righteous; and say, “If we had fived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.” Wherefore ye bear witness to yourselves, that ye are the sons of those who slew the prophets. Fill ye up therefore the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye offspringt of vipers, how can ye escape the judgment of hell ? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye will kill and crucify: and some of them ye will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city: so that upon you will come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zachariah, [son of Barachiah,J whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, that all these things shall come upon this generation. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest those that are sent unto thee, how often would

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I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathereth

her chickens under her wings; but ye would not Behold, your habitation shall be left by you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me hereafter, till ye shall say, ‘Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord.’”

Ch. xxiv. And Jesus went out, and was departing from the

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temple: and his disciples came near, to show him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, “See ye [not] all these things? Verily I say unto you, There will not be left here one stone upon another, which will not be thrown down.” And as he was sitting on the mount of Olives, the disciples came near to him privately, saying, “ Tell us, when will these things be 2 and what will be the sign of thy appearance, and of the end of the age 2" Then Jesus answered, and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am Christ;’ and will deceive many. And ye will soon hear of wars, and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in many places. But all these things are the beginning of sorrows. “Then will men deliver you up to affliction, and will kill you; and ye will be hated by all nations because of my name. And then many will fall away, and will deliver up one another, and will hate one another. And many false prophets will rise, and will deceive many. And because iniquity will be multiplied, the affection of” many will become cold. But whosoever endureth to the end, he shall be preserved. And these glad tidings of my kingdom will be preached in all the world, for a witness to all nations; and then the end will come.

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“When therefore ye see the desolating abomination*, spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing on holy ground, (let him who readeth consider,) then let those that are in Judea flee to the mountains: let not him that is on the house-top go down to take any thing out of his house: nor let him that is in the field turn back to take his garments. But alas for them that are with child, and for them that give suck, in those days' And pray ye that your flight be not in winter, nor on the sabbath. For then will be great affliction, such as hath not been since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever will be. And unless those days should be shortened, no man could be preserved: but because of the elect those days will be shortened.

“Then if any man say unto you, ‘Lo, here is the Christ, or there;’ believe him not. For false Christs and false prophets will rise, and will proposet great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if it were possible, even the elect. Lo, I have foretold you this. Wherefore, if men say unto you, ‘Behold, Christ is in the desert; go not forth : ‘Behold, he is in the secret chambers,’ believe them not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth to the west; so will the appearance of the Son of man [also] be. For wheresoever the carcase is, thither the eagles will be gathered together.

“Now soon after the affliction of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then will all the tribes of the land lament, and will see the Son of man

coming on the clouds of heaven, with great power and

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glory. And he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet; and they will gather together his elect

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from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. “But learn a parable from the fig-tree: When its branch is now tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near : so likewise, when ye see all these things, know ye that the Son of man is near, even at the door. Verily I say unto you, This generation will not pass away till all these things be accomplished. Heaven and earth will pass away; but my words cannot pass away. “But of that day and hour none knoweth ; no, not the angels of heaven; but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so will the appearance of the Son of man also be. For as in the days which were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered into the ark; and understood not, until the flood came, and destroyed them all; so will the appearance of the Son of man also be. Then will two men be in the field; the one will be taken, and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; the one will be taken, and the other left. “Watch therefore: for ye know not at what hour your master cometh. But this ye know, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken into. Wherefore be ye also ready; for in an hour of which ye think not, the Son of man cometh. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master hath placed over his household, to give them food in due season P Happy is that servant whom his master, when he cometh, shall find doing thus. Verily I say unto you, that he will place him over all that he hath. But if that servant, being evil, say in his heart, “My master delayeth his coming;' and begin to strike his fellow-ser

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